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5 Ways to Make Back to School Cool

4 Aug


We are nearing the end of summer, and the start of a new school year is just around the corner. Back-to-school thoughts can be filled with anxiety for many children, so we have come up with a list of ways to combat back-to-school jitters. Here are five ways to make back to school cool at your home.

  1. Allow your child to pick out his or her new backpack for the school year.

 Picking out a new backpack is often an exciting time for children. Choosing a backpack with a cool design or their favorite character, such as this Pete the Cat® Backpack & Lunchbag set, is sure to get the school year off to a great start. Additional fun backpack sets include the hedgehog backpack set and the Backyard Friends™ Backpack Set. Your little one will love picking out a new backpack for the upcoming school year!

  1. Make school supply shopping fun!

Get your child in the school spirit by making school shopping enjoyable. Allowing your child to pick supplies that he or she is excited about using this year is a must. LEGO® school supplies, for example, will definitely make back to school cool. Your child will love writing in the LEGO® Journal with LEGO® Markers and measuring with the LEGO® Buildable Ruler!

  1. Host a back-to-school party!

Hosting a back-to-school party for your child and his or her friends is sure to make back to school cool! Order pizza, and let the kids play together. You can even set up a faux dessert table with school supplies (instead of cakes and pies) for each child to take a use this school year. Getting your child excited about school with fun festivities is a must this year!

Source: http://www.allkindsofthingsblog.com/2014/08/back-to-school-parties.html


  1. Plan family time in the midst of back-to-school madness.

When school starts back, things around the house can get chaotic. From homework to extracurricular activities, everyone is kept busy during the school year. Unfortunately, oftentimes family time can get lost in the mix. Make sure to plan much-needed family time during the madness this school year. We suggest playing games as a family such as classic board games, Scrabble® Boggle® Game, and 5 Second Rule®. Enjoy making memories with your family this school year!

  1. Switch up packed lunches for your children.

 Make lunchtime interesting by changing up the daily sandwich to something more fun. Check out these Sandwichless Lunch Ideas for inspiration on what to pack in your youngster’s lunch box. Your child will love the surprise of finding out what he or she has to eat for lunch! Additionally, consider including a note in your child’s lunch to brighten his or her day.

Getting your child excited about back-to-school activities and routines is a must for kicking off a successful school year. We hope these five fun ideas will make back to school cool for you and yours!

How do you plan to make back to school cool for your kids this year? Share your ideas by commenting below!

10 Must-Have Homeschooling Tools

13 Jul
Whether a child goes to school across town or across the room, these tools will help parents teach children all year long!

MCP Mathematics Homeschool Bundles (Grades K-5)

Build strong math skills at home with clear instructions and extensive practice to support students of all ability levels! This program uses a traditional drill and practice format and is adaptable to fit a variety of instruction methods.

Price: $48.97

MCP Comprehension Plus Homeschool Bundles (Grades K-5)

Give your child the skills needed to understand written text by providing instruction and practice in major comprehension skills and strategies! Each lesson includes direct instruction of each skill and opportunities to apply and transfer the skill to context.

Price: $19.99

Core Knowledge History & Geography Homeschool Bundles (Grades K-5)

Explore history and geography as your child builds a key understanding of important social studies concepts! Each program covers diverse topics in world and American history and geography.

Price: $99.99

Half Moon Table

Perfect for providing ample learning space without taking up too many square feet, these tables also help protect little ones from accidents with extra-thick rounded bumper edges. Legs easily adjust in 1 inch increments.

Price: $249.95

Classic Chrome Chairs

A great addition to any place of learning, these durable chairs are safe to use on hard flooring and carpet. The chairs are even stackable, perfect for those looking to save space! Chair includes 14 gauge, non-tapered chrome-plated steel legs with SuperGlide composite ball glides.

Price: $27.95-$44.95 (depending on chair height)

Chairback Buddy

A great way to keep supplies organized and within reach (and a great space saver)! Slips over the back of most preschool and early elementary chairs for extra storage and convenience.

Price: $12.95

GeoVision MicroPro Microscope

The GeoVision™ MicroPro with 50x, 100x, 150x, 300x, and 600x magnifications allow young scientists to investigate everything from cells to crystals! Not just a toy, but a scientific instrument, the GeoVision™ MicroPro includes high-quality components and features that make it appropriate for science learning at any age.

Price: $39.95

Break Open Real Geodes

Your young scientist will enjoy breaking these geodes and discovering beautiful crystals formed years ago by prehistoric volcanoes. This kit includes safety goggles, six geodes from one mine, and a full-color adventure guide. The geodes range in size from 1 1/2″ – 2″ in diameter.

Price: $29.95

Student Traveler Globe

Lightweight and durable, this 12″ blue ocean globe is great for your home! The smoke black plastic base and semi-meridian are scratch resistant and strong.

Price: $37.95

[Watch how globes are made here.]

USA Map Collage Boards

Integrate geography into the curriculum! Sturdy, pre-cut corrugated boards are perfect for learning all about the “land of the free!” Students can map out the highways and cities for each state or draw the landscape. Use as an art base or create a unique “map quilt” as a classroom decoration. Includes all 50 states, plus large USA letters.

Price: $19.99